Mealtime Mama: Jump into spring with this bunny cake!

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I know it’s a little early, but I saw this adorable Easter bunny cake on the Kraft website and wanted to share!

I have a very fond memory of my mom making a cake almost exactly like this and bringing it to my first-grade spring party. She looked so pretty and so did the cake — and all my classmates thought the bunny was adorable!

What You’ll Need:

2 baked 9-inch round white cake layers, cooled

1 tub  (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

1 pkg. (7 oz.) Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut

Suggested for decorations:

Licorice, gumdrops, jelly beans

How to Make It:

Leave 1 cake whole. Use a serrated knife to cut the remaining cake into 3 pieces as shown in the video. Arrange on large foil-covered board or platter to resemble a bunny’s head and bow tie, using small amount of cool whip to attach pieces to each other.

Frost the cake with remaining Cool Whip.

Sprinkle with coconut. Decorate with remaining ingredients as shown in photo. Keep refrigerated.

Do you make a cute bunny cake for Easter? Or do you have another recipe that’s your go-to every year? We’d love to share it with other moms on Motherlode if you’d like to send it over! Email us at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com.

Mealtime Mama: Mason jar desserts you’ll adore

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While I was cruising Facebook recently, a friend posted a video about how to make a cake in a Mason jar. I was intrigued.

I jumped over, watched the video and was inspired to make these for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. These fun cakes can be refrigerated for up to a week if you put the top on the jar.

You can just enjoy them immediately, of course, or gift them to friends and family.

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The recipe is easy and the ingredients are few. Adorable, portable cakes in a jar:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted cherries (or your favorite seasonal fruit)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (ditto)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (If you want to make your own whipped topping, that is.)

CLICK HERE to watch a video of how to make the cakes. Super easy and inexpensive. Can’t wait to try them!

Mealtime Mama: Aunt Carrie shares her orange cookies recipe + instant spiced tea

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Our thanks to Carrie Chastain of Siloam Springs for the sweet recipes below. Mrs. Chastain, an outgoing grandmother of eight, says the cookie recipe goes back so far in the family’s history that she has no idea where it really came from.

The orange cookies were originally baked on a wood stove and the ingredients list had to be adapted to modern measurements.

Aunt Carrie’s Orange Cookies:

sugar2 cups sugar

1 cup butter (salted is preferred)

2 eggs

1 cup sour milk or 1 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vinegar

1 orange, juice and grated rind (I put about a half teaspoon orange flavoring in also)

1 teaspoon soda

4 and ½ cups sifted flour

Cream sugar and butter, add juice and rind of orange, then eggs, add milk and flour. Stir soda in last ¼ cup milk. Add to mixture.

Drop by teaspoons on buttered pans. Bake at 350 degrees until brown. (This is a very old recipe, but I found it takes about 12 minutes.)

Icing:

1 box powdered sugar

1 orange, juice and grated rind

2 T butter

A little milk

Melt butter and add small amount of sugar, cream well, add orange juice and ring and remaining sugar.

Makes about 128 “good-sized” cookies. Can make half recipe for fewer cookies.

Instant Spiced Tea:

1 cup instant tea

1 ½ cups Tang or similar orange drink mix

cinnamon1 package lemon Kool-aid

½ T ginger

2 T cinnamon

1 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients well and store in covered container. Add 2 rounded teaspoons of mixture to a cup of hot water.

If you’re too busy to cook this week, visit Ozark Natural Food’s cafe for some healthy, delicious food to eat there — or to go. They have a hot bar, sandwiches, soups, pizza… Even a breakfast bar! Click here to visit A la Carte.

Note from the mamas: These recipes originally published in 2009.

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Mealtime Mama: ‘Sunshine on a Cloudy Day’ Cake

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I recently discovered a cake over the Thanksgiving holiday and my whole family loved it.

If you want a pretty, delicious cake to bring to a Christmas party, this is a good one.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Cake

1 Yellow cake mix

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1 can mandarin oranges (don’t drain)

1 large can crushed pineapple (don’t drain)

1 box instant vanilla pudding

1 container of whipped topping

Directions: Blend these ingredients together well: the yellow cake mix, three eggs and mandarin oranges, including the juice. I put my batter into two round pans to make a layer cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until it springs when you press it). Let the cakes cool thoroughly. Thoroughly, mamas! If you don’t, you’ll end up with melty icing. Speaking of icing, you make it by hand mixing together the box of instant pudding (just the powder), the can of crushed pineapple with juice and a container of whipped topping.

This is an awesome treat, I assure you.

Happy baking!

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Mealtime Mama: Oatmeal cookies made by mom

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When my siblings and I go “home” to my parents’ house, we inevitably finish dinner and say we’re craving something sweet.

We often ask our mother to make oatmeal cookies, maybe because she always has the ingredients on hand. Or maybe because, when I bite into one, I seriously feel about 8 years old again. Especially when I eat them warm right out of the oven.

I’ve really been craving those cookies lately, so I’m pretty sure I know what I’m going to ask for the next time I visit.

Shannon’s Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies

quick oats1 stick butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Directions: Beat together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour, soda and salt. Mix well. Add oatmeal and mix. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Serve warm and start a new family tradition!

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*This post originally published on nwaMotherlode in May 2013.

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